South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 3: Thriving Market Towns, Villages and Rural Areas - Cartmel (Questions 79 to 80)

Our current Local Service Centres act as locations which provide a more limited but important range of services (including primary schools, a local shop, and public transport provision) serving the needs of the local population and nearby rural communities. Current Local Plan policies support some new development including housing of an appropriate scale within these centres to ensure they remain viable and sustainable communities.

In this section, we provide a brief description of the local service centre including an indication of what development has taken place in the last 10 years or so and current issues affecting the place.  A map is included which illustrates a number of features and characteristics of the village, including services, facilities, open spaces and planned development.

Read the Local Service Centres section of the Issues and Options Report in full here

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79. Have we captured in the map and text below the main issues that need to be considered when thinking about the future of Cartmel, should there be any changes?

Context/Issues and Map


Cartmel is a historic village of approximately 840 people. It has a range of services and facilities including a post office, GP surgery, convenience store, public houses, village hall, primary school and Cartmel Priory secondary school which serves the wider Cartmel peninsula area. There are a range of recreational facilities including a play area, cricket pitch and tennis courts as well as the Cartmel Racecourse which is a major visitor attraction. The village has a number of high quality restaurants and speciality food stores which increases its draw to tourists and visitors along with the 12th century Cartmel Priory.  It is served by limited local bus services to Grange-over-Sands, Cartmel and Kendal. The Walney to Wear & Whitby cycle route runs through the village. 6 dwellings have been built in the village in the last 10 years. The Land South of Haggs Lane allocation site is approved for 39 dwellings subject to the signing of a S106 agreement. 

Current Issues/Future Opportunities

Key issues for consideration include the need to protect the village’s heritage assets, including its many listed buildings. A large part of the village is inside the Conservation Area. A large part of the village is exposed to flood risk from the river Eea and is located in a relatively low lying position on flat land. Many of the roads in the village centre are narrow with limited opportunity for pavements. Traffic associated with the racecourse and accessing other facilities can cause localised access and parking problems in this respect.

The Local Plan allocates a site at the racecourse for residential development.  A Neighbourhood Plan for Allithwaite and Cartmel is progressing to draft plan stage. The Local Plan Review must take into account the aspirations set out in the Neighbourhood Plan and ensure there is no conflict in this respect.

In answering the above, please consider giving your views on the following:

  • Development Boundary for Cartmel (see section 4.2.4 of the Issues and Options Report and questions 16 and 17 of the survey)
  • Open spaces important to your community (see section 4.4.5 of the Issues and Options Report and questions 110 and 111 of the survey)
  • Facilities identified in the Settlement Services and Facilities document (see section of the Issues and Options Report and question 13 of the survey)
80. How do you see Cartmel changing by 2040? Do you think there will be a need for new homes in Cartmel over this period? If so what sorts of homes are needed and where do you think (broadly) they could be built?

So far there have been a number of sites in Cartmel suggested for allocation in the ‘Call for Sites’ in summer 2020. As part of this consultation, you can comment on sites already submitted and also suggest other sites which may be suitable for allocation in the Local Plan for housing or business development. For more information and opportunity to comment, please see section 4.2.6 and questions 20 and 21 in Theme 2.